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A Devo From Scot - Psalm 140

Dear Church,

Jesus the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, Creator and Savior - assured us of innumerable truths during His earthly ministry. Among them, and assuredly near the top of the list, are the facts of 1) His ongoing and persevering presence with us, 2) our ongoing struggle and tension in a world that is constantly conspiring against God’s will, and 3) His ultimate victory - and thereby ours - in this spiritual struggle.

Without the benefit of the fullest revelation of God in the incarnate Word of God, Jesus, David relied on God’s revelation of these yet future glories and beauties. Many times, the situation that David found himself in, almost a millennia before Jesus’ birth, is Divinely translated into both a relevant teaching tool for any believer in any era, as well as a Spirit-written insight into the spiritual battle in which Jesus is both our Captain and our Victor. There are many of David’s psalms that fit this description. Psalm 140 is one of them. I invite you to read it now, several times.

It is with those three lenses, or in those three realms, that I invite you to consider the inspired words of this ancient worship song. First, what would it have meant in the moment for David? We aren’t given a ton of details, but it is not hard to imagine the truly biblical scenario. Second, what does it reveal about Jesus? Does it also apply to His life and ministry here on earth? How could Jesus have repeated these words in the first century?

Finally, what does it reveal about the struggle you are in right now? Both your specific and relative obstacles today, right in front of you, right at the top of your heart - and the larger cultural and spiritual battle in which you live in this world. Verses 6 and 7 are a great example of the beauty revealed in this third realm.

I said [from the heat of the tension] to the LORD, ‘You are my God; Give ear, O LORD, to the voice of my supplications [passionate prayers]. O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle.” The image of “covering my head” likely means multiple things, including identification, protection and even perhaps nearness and intimacy.

Today, as you face what lies before you, I pray you dismiss the cheap weapons of this world, and with hands lifted to Jesus, you fight the good fight with faith, worship, boldness, the Living words of this psalm and with prayer. Take courage my friend.

I love you church,

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